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Paul Farmer (in memoriam), MD, PhD

Specialty in Global Health

Dr. Farmer was a medical anthropologist and physician. He served as the Kolokotrones University Professor and the Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He was also the co-founder and chief strategist of Partners In Health (PIH), an international non-profit organization that since 1987 has provided direct health care services and undertaken research and advocacy activities on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty.

Practice names

Chair of the Department, Harvard Medical School

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Education and training

1978 - 1982, BA, Duke University

1990, MD and PhD, Harvard University

1993, Internal Medicine Residency, Brigham and Women's Hospital

1996, Infectious Disease, Brigham and Women's Hospital


1993: MacArthur Fellowship

1999: Margaret Mead Award, American Anthropological Association and Society for Applied Anthropology, for “Infections and Inequalities”

2002: Outstanding International Physician Award (Nathan Davis Award), American Medical Association

2005: Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize (awarded to Partners In Health)

2005: Rudolf Virchow Award, Professional Prize (with Dr. Arachu Castro), Society for Medical Anthropology[16][circular reference]

2006: Union Medal, Union Theological Seminary

2010: S. Roger Horchow Award for Greatest Public Service by a Private Citizen, an award given out annually by Jefferson Awards.

2011: named by Foreign Policy magazine to its list of top global thinkers.

2011: Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, University of South Florida

2015: Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement Award For Social Entrepreneurship

2018: Public Welfare Medal, National Academy of Sciences

2018: Elected to the American Philosophical Society

Publication Highlights

AIDS and Accusation: Haiti and the Geography of Blame, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992, 1993, 2006.

The Uses of Haiti, Monroe, Maine: Common Courage Press, 1994, 2003, 2005.

Infections and Inequalities: The Modern Plagues, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999, revised 2001.

Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003, 2005.

Global Health in Times of Violence, co-edited with Barbara Rylko-Bauer and Linda Whiteford, School for Advanced Research Press, 2009.

Women, Poverty & AIDS: Sex, Drugs and Structural Violence (Series in Health and Social Justice), with coauthor Margaret Connors, Common Courage Press; Reprint edition (September 1996).

Partner to the Poor: A Paul Farmer Reader. Ed. Haun Saussy. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2010.

Haiti After the Earthquake, Ed. Abbey Gardner and Cassia van der Hoof Holstein. PublicAffairs, July 12, 2011.

To Repair the World: Paul Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation. Ed. Jonathan Weigel. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2013.

In the Company of the Poor: conversations between Dr. Paul Farmer and Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez. Ed. Michael Griffin and Jennie Weiss Block. Orbis Books, 2013.

Reimagining Global Health. Paul Farmer, Jim Yong Kim, Arthur Kleinman, and Matthew Basilico. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2013.

Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds: Ebola and the Ravages of History. Paul Farmer. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020.